America’s national security and intelligence apparatus is so massive, yet compartmentalized, that it often appears the U.S. government doesn’t know what information it actually has in its possession, or what to do with it. This was dramatically demonstrated last week with the seemingly accidental release of documents on “remote mind control” in response to an unrelated Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The documents in question were released to Curtis Waltman of FOIA-focused news outlet Muckrock, inadvertently, it seems, as part of a separate request for documents from the Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC). They are not official in origin, and a request for comment to the WSFC from Muckrock on the reason for their inclusion in the release apparently received no response. Nevertheless they are noteworthy for their strange subject matter.
Aside from remote mind control, the documents describe such bizarre-sounding concepts as “remote brain mapping” and “forced memory blanking.” One seems to imply that effects such as “phantom touch sense” and “imposed subconscious thoughts” can be induced using cell phone networks, a “‘Black’ helicopter carrying psychotronic weapons,” or “Mobile Psychotronic Weapon Carriers disguised as Communications Vehicles.”
“The first un-classified successful transmission of the human voice directly into the skull of a living person was performed by Dr. Joseph C. Sharp, of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in 1974,” notes another. “By transforming a hypnotist’s voice using the Lowery Silent Sound or Smirnov scramble methods, used in the Gulf War, it is possible to hypnotize a target without the target being aware, from hiding leaving zero trace evidence.”
The documents are “obviously not government material,” Waltman notes. “One seems to come from a person named ‘Supratik Saha,’ who is identified as a software engineer, the brain mapping slide has no sourcing, and the image of the body being assaulted by psychotronic weapons is sourced from raven1.net, who apparently didn’t renew their domain.” It is possible that the documents originate from an investigation of some organization or person’s beliefs or theories and don’t represent real technology.
As Waltman notes “the presence of these records (which were not created by the fusion center, and are not government documents) should not be seen as evidence that [Department of Homeland Security] possesses these devices, or even that such devices actually exist. Which is kind of unfortunate because ‘microwave hearing’ is a pretty cool line of technobabble to say out loud.”
Yet the documents offer some intriguing hints to their origins.
“At least some of the images appear to be part of an article in Nexus magazine describing a 1992 lawsuit brought by one John St. Clair Akewi against the NSA,” notes David Grossman of Popular Mechanics. “Akewi claimed that the NSA had the ‘ability to assassinate US citizens covertly or run covert psychological control operations to cause subjects to be diagnosed with ill mental health’ and was documenting their alleged methods.
“Nexus was, and still is, an Australian magazine focused on the unexplained, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine and the like. It covered Akewi’s case in 1996 but was unable to get Akewi to discuss it further: ‘I tried ringing Mr Akwei to find out what was the out-come, if any, of his court case. He firmly but kindly told me that he could not speak about anything to do with the case over the phone and hung up,’ reads an editor’s note at the end of the article.”
While the murky origin of these documents and the fusion center’s unclear reasons for keeping them mean that they are not exactly a “smoking gun” proving the government actually has these technologies, intelligence agencies’ interest in similar subjects is well-established.
The Central Intelligence Agency experimented with developing “mind control” methods in the 1950s and ’60s, for example, through a series of highly-classified programs, the most notorious of which was known as MKULTRA — and this included attempts at remote mind control using various kinds of electrical and radio signals, as I’ve written about elsewhere. It’s also known that the CIA later spent more than $20 million over two decades on “remote viewing,” otherwise known as extrasensory perception or ESP.
Other aspects of the technologies described, like the reference to “microwave hearing” seem perhaps reminiscent of existing weapons like the “pain ray” or Active Denial System, “a nonlethal crowd-control device firing a beam of 94-Ghz microwaves (known as millimeter waves) developed by Raytheon.” In fact so-called “masers” or
“microwave lasers” have actually been around longer than their better known cousins (the regular lasers).
Exactly what the strange toys and technologies the U.S. government has been developing behind closed doors over the last several decades is almost anyone’s guess, but it’s certainly plausible that it has at least some rudimentary version of the frightening capabilities described in the documents, especially given developments such as increased funding in recent years for directed energy weapons.
Of course, given the lack of explanation for why these documents were released, where they originated, and why the government had them to begin with, seeing as they apparently did not originate with an official agency, it’s important not to jump to conclusions about their significance. It’s certainly possible, after all, that in our current age of seemingly constant information warfare, that the “accidental” release of these documents, plausibly deniable as it was and as the documents themselves are in some key ways, could be part of a bigger propaganda, disinformation, or perception management campaign of some kind. The depth of the rabbit hole should never be underestimated.